From This Moment - Mummy's Knee


From This Moment - A Post For Bubbles by Jo from Mummys Knee

If you have missed what this series is all about please read From This Moment Blog Project.

From the moment you were born at 18:10 on 1st April 2012 I knew that my family was complete, with your big brother Buddy who is nearly three. Now in some ways this could make me sad, if I focus on the fact that this is the last time I would be pregnant, that makes me sad as I loved being pregnant with you. It was so easy this time round. However, thinking that this would be the last time I'd give birth that makes me feel incredibly happy. It wasn't nice or pretty, but you are here safe and well and that is all the matters!

So instead of concentrating on the last time things will happen, we are going to concentrate on the positive. Therefore from this moment on, we will celebrate your firsts. Here are just some of the highlights in last six weeks:

You are the first baby I have successfully breast fed
You have had a first and many trips in the car
You have had your first and many baths and screamed through every one
You are the youngest ever attendee at our PEEPS class
You went to your first Jelly Tots session today
You have your first cuddles with Grandma, Grandad & Nonna
You have met four of your ten cousins
You have had your first Skype video call with your cousin who is three weeks younger than you. You were pretty quiet!

Things to look forward to over the next six weeks:
Your first attendance at a birthday party
Your first meeting with your cousin who is 20 days younger than you
Your first meeting of your Aunty Helen and Uncle Andy
Your first bus journey
Your first day on a video shoot - we are off to do a video cooking shoot on Monday
Your first doctor's appointment - well maybe not look forward to it, but it'll still be a first!

All of these things are very special moments and I promise you and your brother that from this moment on I will do my best to keep a record of your firsts to share with you when you are older.

From This Moment - Crafts On Sea


From This Moment… Things I have learnt in the last 17 months by Kate of Crafts On Sea

If you have missed what this series is all about please read From This Moment Blog Project.
I love a good birth story (or in my case, a slightly hair raising, bragging rights in the pub birth story), but as I recently blogged mine I thought I’d write about the things I’ve learnt since having my son, Jacob, 17 months ago. Typically none of these were in any of the baby books I actually read.

I really value having a shower.
One of the books I did read was Jo Frost’s guide. Don’t ask me why I read the bit on having twins (I was probably stuck breastfeeding at the time) in which she tells you that when you have babies you need to decide what’s important, and is it really important that you have a shower? Umm, yes it is Jo. The first couple of weeks you basically leak continually out places you don’t want to be leaking out of. It may not have been the first thing I did everyday (that was check the clock and think oh my lord, is it really this early?) but pre-baby I never valued the luxury of ten minutes in the shower, hopefully with some peace and quiet too.

Baptism by baby.
Yes, I knew you were supposed to change nappies quickly, but no, I did not realise that if I didn’t do it quickly enough my beloved son would wee in my face. Quite regularly, as it happens.

Good toys do not come from Early Learning Centre.
That’s where I always used to buy stuff from for my friends with kids, making sure as well that the recommended age EXACTLY matched the age of their child. Jacob’s favourite toys are currently the end bit of the hoover, coat-hangers, and as a special treat, any tampax he can find hanging around. Nice.

I should keep my mouth shut.
Everything I said I was absolutely, definitely, going to do seemed to be designed to make me look like an idiot two weeks later. There was no way I would breastfeed for less than six months became giving up guilt ridden at five weeks. Only doing Baby Led Weaning became slavishly reading the pages of Annabel Karmel and those wotsit crisps that parents convince themselves are OK because they are ‘organic’ and ‘carrot’ and which I would never feed my child are the thing he cried until I gave him a packet of this morning.

If you can’t keep adult socks in pairs, don’t think you’ll have any more joy with baby ones.

Soft play etiquette
Apparently, when at a soft play centre and someone else’s evil brat child smacks your child in the face it is not the done thing to yell at that child for being a spiteful whatsit with no manners. Even though your child is now crying. And evil brat child looks like it could do with a proper telling off. I am, ahem, not good at this. And should probably keep my mouth shut.

Not only will you worry that your child will eat the cat biscuits, there is a stage when if your child hasn’t eaten them yet, you will start to worry if there’s something wrong with them.
I can tell a Phil and Ted’s from an Out and About at 100 meters. If I ever go on Mastermind, it’s going to have to be on spotting buggy brands from afar.

That your heart just gets bigger.
Before we had Jacob my husband was warned that once we had a child our relationship would change and we wouldn’t love each other so much. Rot. Rot of the utterly worst kind. You don’t have a fixed amount of love in your life. Before your child is born you have no idea quite how much you will love them, but that doesn’t mean that you love your partner any less to make room for them, your heart just gets bigger. Before I had our son I had no idea how much more love we would have in our lives.

From This Moment Blog Project

As Baby Boy's arrival is set for Monday at the latest, I have been thinking of what to do with Hollybobbs when everything kicks off. With a demanding toddler and a newborn at home, I doubt I will have much time to really commit to my blog at first, especially as I am due to have a c-section.

After some deliberation I have asked several blogging friends to join in a project entitled 'From This Moment.' The series will see these great bloggers sharing their stories about the first few moments, hours, days and weeks after the birth of their precious little ones and how it changed their lives.

I am so excited to meet Baby Boy and introduce him to the world so I thought this would be an apt theme and I am looking forward to reading and sharing the touching stories of these lovely ladies.

I hope you enjoy the series and I will return to Hollybobbs as soon as we are back on our feet, although rest assured there will at least be an update once Baby Boy is here! 

"From this moment as long as I live I will love you, I promise you this. There is nothing I wouldn't give, from this moment on..."

Pretty.Little.Things - Daddy & Me

Vikki and I were thrilled with the submissions for the first week of Pretty.Little.Things and it was difficult to choose best picture. However we decided that it should be Karen from Would Like to be a Yummy Mummy and her daughter's gorgeous rainy day outfit! Congratulations and please feel free to add the Pretty.Little.Things button to your blog!

The Last Few Days

In four days time I will hold my baby in my arms. After carrying him in my growing tummy for nine months, 40 weeks, 280 days, he will be here. In my arms.

Throughout this pregnancy I haven't really thought too much about the growing life inside of me, or of how life will be once he is born. With another child to tend to, I have been too busy concentrating on her needs. Yet as I sit here, feeling him moving around inside me, there is a growing realisation that on Monday, come what may, I will hold my son in my arms. That I will once again be a mummy. That I will have two precious babies to care for.

I'm not quite sure which emotion I feel more strongly. Excitement to meet our long-awaited little boy and hold him for the first time. Anxiety at the surgery I am due to undergo and recover from. Emotional at the thought of being away from my little girl for so long. It all hits me one by one, in waves, making this whole thing seem so overwhelming.

So in my last few days as a pregnant mummy to one little person, here is what I am looking forward to. Holding my boy for the first time, hearing him cry and cuddling him close. Being able to stand, walk or bend over without pain. Wearing all the lovely summer clothes that hang in my wardrobe, gathering dust. My little girl meeting her brother for the first time, and probably not being interested at all. And the completion of our family.

Baby Boy's Nursery

After much time planning, buying and making, this last weekend saw the completion of Baby Boy's nursery - only one week before my due date! So I wanted to share some pictures of the finished room. 

My Week That Was - Finally the nursery is ready!

This will probably be my last weekly update for a while, as within the next week I will have a new little bundle of joy occupying my time! Come on Baby Boy we are all ready for you now!

Pretty.Little.Things - Come Rain or Shine

I am so excited for the first Pretty.Little.Things installation! Vikki and I decided a great theme for our first linky would be 'Come Rain or Shine' - considering the crazy weather we have had in the UK of late it seemed quite fitting!

A Haven

I'm not sure why but there is something about my little girl's bedroom that makes me feel so at peace. When I was pregnant with H I loved planning her nursery - the colours, the furniture, the decor. I spent many hours making things to decorate the room and once it was ready I would sometimes just go in there and sit.

Blade and Rose: Review and Giveaway

I was very excited when last week an eagerly awaited package dropped through our door. I have long been an admirer of Blade & Rose and when I had the chance to review a pair I jumped at the opportunity!

My Week That Was - Too Much Spending!

Roll up! Roll up! It's Monday again and time for My Week That Was.

Blogging4Madeleine

 Today is one little girl's ninth birthday. Nine years old. That's quite a lot of years. To think what I was doing nine years ago - I was twenty, still at university, I hadn't yet met Mr H, let alone had any inkling of Little H or Baby Boy. A lot of things can happen in nine years. For this little girl, where she will celebrate being on this earth for nine years nobody knows. Her parents, who gave life to her, who raised her, who love her, will spend the day in mourning, wondering where their child is, if she is even still alive. I couldn't even comprehend how they must feel.

Pretty.Little.Things

In January this year Katie at Mummy, Daddy & Me and Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy began a new linky called Pretty.Little.Things. This linky shared the girls' love of all things pretty and many other bloggers joined in to share their own Pretty.Little.Things. It become a fast favourite of mine and I tuned in every week to see all these pretty children and their pretty pictures. Sadly, due to other commitments, the girls had to say goodbye to Pretty.Little.Things and I always felt this was such a shame.

Transitioning From Cot to Bed - How We Did It

With Baby Boy due in three short weeks, Mr H and undecided some time ago to try and get Little H into a bed before he arrives on the scene. There seemed no point buying a second cot for the short time H will need one and I didn't want to risk having two babies up through the night if she doesn't settle straight away.
From Mummy & Daddy's Bed

I Finally Packed My Hospital Bag!

Well with only three weeks to go I finally got around to actually packing my hospital bag. I have been buying everything for it over the last few weeks, using Edspire's great list, but so far it has been sat in a Tesco's carrier bag awaiting proper organisation.

My Week That Was - 37 weeks!

Monday is here and once more I am joining in with Katie at Mummy, Daddy & Me for the linky My Week That Was. Here is my weekly update on our recent activities, if my baby brain permits me to remember them all!

37 Weeks Pregnant - Full Term!

I can't believe I am classed as full term today! The last nine months have pretty much gone by in a blur of non-acknowledgement, meaning that I don't know where the time went! With your first baby you hang onto every milestone, feel every kick and count every month, week, day and second. This time around, with a toddler to focus on, my thoughts haven't quite been as pregnancy-driven, not until the latter stages at least.

Book Review: Little Learners by Parragon

Last week we were sent three books from the new Little Learners range to have a look at. Parragon Books are releasing this brand new range of colourful, playful and interactive books for babies and toddlers and they are designed in seven formats: Slide and See Books, Finger Puppet Books, Touch and Feel Board Books, Foam Books, Bath Books, Cloth Books and Stroller Books.

Our D-Day Decision

If you have been following my story lately (if not see here and here) you will know that Mr H and I have been trying to decide for some time our chosen method of delivery for Baby Boy. Following Little H's 40 hour labour it has been quite a challenge to come to a final answer and after seeing the consultant two weeks ago we were still no closer.

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